Muhammad Amir needs no introduction. From once regarded as future Wasim Akram, he found himself banned for five years under the infamous spot fixing 2010. However, the old Amir was rediscovered again. But as of now, he fades again turning into an ordinary asset for the cricket board. The left arm fast bowler became a hot topic after legendary Wasim Akram’s statement about him:
Image Courtesy : Getty Images
“For me, Amir is still required in the national team. And, I think something went terribly wrong as far as Amir’s selection is concerned. See, you need an experienced bowler in your side who can share his experience with the youngster.”
Meanwhile, Karachi Kings skipper Imad Wasim had also earlier during PSL 2021 declared Amir as the best in the world.
Muhammad Amir hasn’t been one of the easy players to handle for the PCB. The controversy started when the 29-year old took retirement from test cricket in 2019 and received a barrage of criticism from the fans and ex-cricketers. Instead, the left-arm pacer was often found defending his decision to retire rather than answering through performances hence he began to find himself surrounded by unnecessary talks regarding him.
Things began to jumble up after the pacer was left out of squads from Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan 2020 and later from the tough tour of New Zealand stressing to invest in players who are available for all formats.
Muhammad Amir astonished the cricketing world by announcing his retirement from all formats of cricket citing mental torture by the PCB management. He said, “The kind of environment that has been created, I don’t think I can play cricket under this management […] I am leaving cricket at this time.”
Misbah-ul-Haq led coaching staff had to face more fireballs from Amir, who kept on criticising the management and demanded removal for his comeback, regarded as ‘made up’ retirement scenario by the captain turned coach.
The 29-year old was found in hot waters after reports emerged that he has applied for British citizenship hence eligible to play IPL, which was later denied by him.
With T20 World Cup just around the corner and room for some experience in young fast bowling lineup, Muhammad Amir would be a suitable choice given that his rich experience in the shortest format of the game. However, his poor relations with the team management is the biggest hurdle to what can be his fourth T20 World Cup.